Léon Theremin

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Léon Theremin (born Lev Sergeyevich Termen, Russian: Лев Сергеевич Термен) (27 August [O.S. 15 August] 1896, Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire – 3 November 1993, Moscow, Russia) was a Russian and Soviet inventor. He is most famous for his invention of the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments. He is also the inventor of interlace, a technique of improving the picture quality of a video signal, widely used in video and television technology. His invention of "The Thing", an espionage tool, is considered a predecessor of RFID technology.[1]

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Early life

Léon Theremin was born Lev Sergeyevich Termen in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire in 1896 into a family of French and German ancestry.[2] He had a sister named Helena.[3]

He started to be interested in electricity at the age of 7, and by 13 he was experimenting with high frequency circuits. In the seventh class of his high school before an audience of students and parents he demonstrated various optical effects using electricity.[4]

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